Voting updates

The director of Oconee Elections, Joy Brooks, predicts that as many as five thousand county voters will vote absentee in the General Election. Already, 12-hundred county voters have applied to vote absentee, but the actual absentee precinct won’t open until next week. Meantime, Saturday is the deadline for all South Carolinians of voting age to ensure that they meet the requirement of being registered 30 days in advance of the election. For all voters in good standing, no action is required. But if you are registering for the first time or seek reinstatement, registration by U-S mail requires a postmark no later than Saturday. Registration applications are available at the Oconee office at Pine Street in Walhalla. Besides normal weekday hours, the Pickens County Registration and Elections office will be open Saturday to register voters in that county. The Pickens County office will follow an 8 a-m to noon schedule on Saturday. There’s a new, online way to register to vote in Pickens County: